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Healthstyles Radio: Helina Selemon on Black Women & HPV & Pediatric NP Kristi Westphaln’s Tales from the Crib

Today at 1 PM Barbara Glickstein hosts Healthstyles and get’s today’s segment going with HealthCetera news updates.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that African-American women are twice as likely to get cervical cancer from HPV, the Human Papilloma Virus, than white women. Data from the also say that Black women have the highest mortality rate of any racial group in America. Gardasil® is the vaccine known most in the US for preventing cervical cancer caused by HPV, but it only prevents against some types of cancer-causing HPV and not the types that are most prevalent (or “that will protect against cervical cancer”) in the Black community.

Reporter Helina Selemon talked to the doctor behind the clinical trials of to learn more about HPV and about Cervarix®, the vaccine that women, especially Black women, need to know about.

In the tradition of throwback Thursday, this international segment of Healthstyles Radio connects today back to a catastrophic event that took place back in 2013….

Imagine residing on a tropical island, in a lush coastal city, and in a world where storm watches and warnings are a daily occurrence.  Another storm watch has been issued- nothing special- and then the winds begin to howl and the water keeps coming. Typhoon Yolanda(Haiyan) reached the Visayas region of the Philippine Islands on November 8, 2013.  The city of Tachloban was hit with with winds recorded at over 130 MPH and three tsunami waves. Over 22,000 people of Tachloban were injured or killed in the storm.

Join Senior Fellow and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Kristi Westphaln as she reports live from Tachloban City while on a medical mission. Curious about the experience of living through a category 5 super typhoon or what Tachloban’s recovering community looks like today? 

While working in clinics both out in the community and on the porch of the Light House Center for Kids International Ministries, the generosity and resilience of the Filipino people shines brilliantly.  Charismatic 22 year old Anj Bantiles shares her very personal story of getting swept away by a tsunami, loosing her family, and how she continues to live every day of her life to the fullest.  Fantastic Filipina physicians Dr. Loida Del Rosario and Dr. Mary Rose Del Rosario travel from Manila to join the team in aiding the recovering families of Tachloban- they also share the inside scoop on the journey to becoming a physician and the health care system in the Philippines.

Tachloban continues to heal. Many damaged buildings continue to stand due to lack of funds to either take down or fully repair the sites, many families struggle to afford medical care, and yet the smiles and laughter of the people is contagious.

This international typhoon Tale from the Cribs ends with a message of hope – Natural disasters are not predictable. Efforts continue to guess the next “big one”, disaster preparedness efforts are on the rise, and international health care outreach continues. As long as people continue to support each other, help will always remain on the world forecast.

The Prisoners of Hope Organization was born via collaboration of the Rock Church of San Diego, Kids International Ministries, and the amazing Tim Neisler.  This trip marks the fourth trip to the Philippines and the group has provided assistance in many other locations including India, South Africa, the Cayman Islands, St. Lucia, and Jamaica.  Both health care and spiritual support are available, and care is provided to all regardless of religious background/affiliation.

Find out more Prisoners of Hope’s future medical missions to the Philippines.

Tune in today, at 1 PM to WBAI, 99.5.FM in New York City, or go to to listen to the program online.

Healthstyles is produced by the Center for Health, Media & Policy at Hunter College, City University of New York.

Ferguson Revisited: Healthstyles on August 27th

wbaiThis week’s Healthstyles program is an interview that first aired on March 19th on racism and health/wellbeing. Producers Diana Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Kenya Beard, EdD, NP-C, interview Willie Tolliver, PhD, MSW, professor in the School of Social Work at Hunter College and three of his social work students: Jason Cartwright, James Gilliam, and Kim Wolfe. The repeated public examples of subtle and blatant racism demonstrate the importance of conversations about the role of racism in the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. As part of Healthstyles’ ongoing series on health disparities, this program examines these issues through an authentic and candid discussions about the deaths of Eric Gardner and Michael Brown, the social work students’ own experiences with racism, and how it plays out in the lives of all of us.

This interview first aired on Healthstyles on March 19th and can be heard at

Or tune in on Thursday, August 27th, to WBAI, 99.5.FM in New York City, or go to to listen to the program online.

Healthstyles is sponsored by the Center for Health, Media & Policy at Hunter College, City University of New York.

Integrative Nurse Coaching

For most us, being told to eat better and being handed a piece of paper with a list of new food options doesn’t get us to make that leap to change the way we eat.
That’s true when we need to move from a sedentary lifestyle to committing to walking a mile a day or taking up an exercise routine. Making behavioral life changes that are sustainable is hard. Otherwise, we’ll all just do it.
You are not alone when it comes to resistance.
That’s where nurse coaching can make a difference – particularly if you are living with a chronic condition or facing an illness and these changes can reduce pain and maybe get out you out bed in the morning to face the day’s challenges.
Tune in to Healthstyles Thursday, August 20th at 1 PM to hear producer Barbara Glickstein interview
Christine Gilchrist, MSN MPH RN NC_BC and Caroline Ortiz, MSN, MPH, RN, NC co-founders of Integrative Nurse Consultants . They share how they work with individuals to make behavioral changes and their vision for the future of nursing and healthcare.
So tune into WBAI, 99.5 FM in New york City, at 1:00 PM on Thursday, August 13th, to listen to the program, or go online for a live stream at

Healthstyles is sponsored by the Center for Health, Media & Policy at Hunter College, City University of New York.

Plan for Greenpoint Superfund Site Worries Residents

By Helina Selemon

On a hot summer evening, Greenpoint residents filed into the Dupont Street Senior Housing building for the North Greenpoint Development Meeting at 6:30 p.m. They signed their names on a sign-in sheet and grabbed packets with community updates. They were met with sat down to hear from City Councilman Stephen Levin’s office, Jane O’Connell from the Department of Environmental Conservation. By 6:35 p.m., the room was packed.

Greenpoint residents have gathered on this evening because they want to know what is going on with Nuhart Plastics, a former plastics factory and current state superfund site that’s being turned into residential towers.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation defines a superfund site as a “significant threat to the public health or environment” that requires action. There are five classes of sites; Class I being the most dangerous. Nuhart is a Class II.

That’s part of the equation. The other part is what is called a ‘chemical plume.’ A mass of aqueous toxic chemicals called phthalates is sitting underneath this factory. Phthalates are a commonly used chemical to make plastics more bendable. BPA is an example of a phthalate. They’re ubiquitous. They can be found in soaps, plastic bottles, toys, shower curtains… you name it. The CDC says the effect on humans is unknown, but research scientists like epidemiologist Pam Factor-Litvak at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health says scientists have tried to find other reasons for a correlation between phthalate exposure and hormone disruption, cognition and behavior issues in children, but haven’t yet.

“We’ve measured a lot of other contaminants, a lot of sociodemographic characteristics, all that might explain away the association… and they don’t,” Factor-Litvak said.

Concern about community health filled the room. Laura and Mike Hoffman, lifelong residents who were in attendance that night, have said they lost family members and friends—some infants and some elderly—to rare neurological disorders and cancers they think are caused by toxic exposures in Greenpoint. They say they have sought out a health study on these diseases in Greenpoint for several years but never found one.

Several people have stepped up in front of the crowd to speak: Councilman Stephen Levin, Environmental consultant for the new owners of Nuhart Michael Roux, Environmental Advocates Jennie Romer and Mike Schade from Neighbors Allied for Good Growth. They all heard specific, pointed questions about clean up, chemical exposure prevention measures and requests for more air and soil data collection. Their answers, some more clear and satisfying than others, were met with follow-up questions or tense silences.

An expecting mother in the room bursts into tears during a Q&A session, muttering that all she wanted to know is if her family was going to be safe.

A mild shift came when Peter deFur, the president and owner of Environmental Stewardship Concepts, a consultation group that provides technical assistance to community groups, government agencies, and businesses on environmental cleanup issues, makes his way to the front of the room. Dr. deFur has recently been hired by the as a technical advisor by NAGG for the Greenpoint community.

Watching him field questions from the crowd was almost like falling into a trance. His baritone voice was like a hum, calming but seeming engaged with the concern from the crowd.

“I hear the term ‘acceptable a lot’, and I’m curious from your past…how does this compare with proximity to people and what is…” says one man in the back of the room, starting to ask a question. His voice got lost in the buzz of the room’s AC unit.

“OK, the question was—because I don’t think anyone over here could hear your question very well—you started asking about what’s ‘acceptable,’ and in our experience, has a remedy like this been completed in a way that protected the community’s health. Is that about right?” deFur asked.

“Yeah,” replied the man.

“And he’s interested in this boundary between using the term ‘acceptable’ and using the term ‘safe,’” deFur continued. deFur’s answer was yes, and as he explained to the community the tension in the room eased somewhat. They had some of the clearest explanations given all night. He ended with a reassurance.

“The question between ‘safe’ and ‘acceptable’ that sometimes agencies will have a very specific meaning for the term,” deFur said. “That is something we will explain, that term, and where the agency gets to that term.”

After taking about a dozen more questions, deFur tells the community his immediate plans would include meeting with the state DEC and interpreting data from a remedial investigation and feasibility study report, a study of the scope of contamination, that the agency will release in the next couple weeks. From these data, deFur and his team would make fact-sheets for the community to use at the next public hearing for the superfund cleanup. The night ends with warm handshakes and “Thank you’s” before he left for the night. It seemed both the community and NAGG who hired him would, for the night, breathe a little easier.


Helina Selemon is a student at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and was a summer intern with the Center for Health, Media and Policy. Tune in for her detailed report on this issue on an upcoming segment of HealthStyles!




Healthstyles: Staying Independent with the Help of a CBO; and more on End of Life Conversations

Source:  Tender Hearts Senior Care

Source: Tender Hearts Senior Care

Losing your ability to remain independent in your own home or apartment is a major challenge facing many older adults, as well as children and adults with disabilities. No one wants to go to a nursing home and even a move to an assisted living facility can be a difficult transition. As Atul Gawande points out in his book, Being Mortal, we have medicalized approaches to responding to loss of independent living, putting someone’s safety before their own wishes to maintain as much independence as possible and make everyday decisions about how they will live their lives.

For the past 50 years, one community-based organization in the Bronx has been committed to helping people remain in their own homes even when they have lost full independence in mobility or being able to cook or clean or care for themselves. RAIN was started by a nurse who responded to what she saw as a growing need for community-based, comprehensive services for homebound and elderly people.

On August 13th, Healthstyles producer Diana Mason talks with the CEO and others at RAIN about the work they do and their efforts to ensure that home health workers are not exploited, as often happens in home care agencies.

But first, she continues Healthstyles’ ongoing coverage about having the crucial but often difficult conversations about end of life preferences and wishes. This segment focuses on how legal advisers are increasingly incorporating these conversations into their discussions with clients who are putting together or revising their wills. In this segment, one nurse shares her own experience with an unexpected conversation with her lawyer, and her lawyer shares his perspectives on what people need to consider in planning for the end of their lives.

So tune into WBAI, 99.5 FM in New york City, at 1:00 PM on Thursday, August 13th, to listen to the program, or go online for a live stream at

Healthstyles is sponsored by the Center for Health, Media & Policy at Hunter College, City University of New York.


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